• New Exhibit on the WPRA

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    Opening April 1 is an exciting new exhibit highlighting the history of the Women's Professional Rodeo Association. The exhibit highlights the 1948 start the Association through the historic 2017 ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductions, that will include barrel racers for the first time ever. Also on display is a fashion clothing exhibit, a look back at the Olympic Command Performance Rodeos, and a Horsepower section. The exhibit is open until September.
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  • Sate the Date! 8/5/2017

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    You won't want to miss this historic induction weekend as we inductee WPRA barrel racers for the first time! The WPRA class includes Wanda Harper Bush, Charmayne James, and Star Plaudit "Red." Joining these inductees include PRCA members Randy Corley, Buck Rutherford, Enoch Walker, Tommy Puryear, Mike Beers, Cody Custer, Bob Ragsdale, Smith & Velvet, and Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days. Induction weekend is August 3-5, 2017. More details coming soon!
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    Since 1979, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame has been an educational and entertaining museum designed to preserve the legacy of the cowboy contests, the heritage and culture of those original competitions, and the champions of the past, present and future. Without the continue support of sponsors, members, and rodeo enthusiasts, the Hall wouldn't be able to continue it's legacy. Consider donating or becoming a member TODAY!
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These upcoming ProRodeo Hall of Fame events are all open to the public. Reservations are required for some events. To be added to our mailing list call 719-528-4732. Additional information about each event will be added as they become available.

September 1, 2016 – Museum switches to winter hours. We will be closed Monday’s and Tuesday’s. Open Wednesday – Sunday 9am-5pm.

April 1 – September – Exhibit on the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association

April 28, 2017 – MUSEUM CLOSED

April 29, 2017 – MUSEUM CLOSED

May 1, 2017 – Museum switches to summer hours. We will be open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm.

May 10, 2017 – Western Spirit Mixer

May 20, 2017 – Craft fair and horse show, free admission

July 4, 2017 – 4th of July, MUSEUM CLOSED

July 8, 2017 – 21st Annual Pikes Peak Special Rodeo

August 3, 2017 – 30th Annual ProRodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament & Fundraiser

August 4, 2017 – Annual Cowboy Ball

August 5, 2017 – Class of 2017 Induction Ceremony

October 26-29, 2017 – 2nd Annual Cowboy Experience Hosted by The Resort at Paws Up

December 4, 2017 – 10th Annual Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala

December 15, 2017 – 31st Annual Spurs and Spikes Golf Tournament

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Randy Corley, an 11-time PRCA Announcer of the Year, joins five world champions to headline the 12-member 2017 induction class for the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, which was announced Tuesday.

Corley, along with gold buckle winners including the late Buck Rutherford (all-around, 1954), Enoch Walker (saddle bronc riding, 1960), Tommy Puryear (steer wrestling, 1974), Mike Beers (team roping, 1984) and Cody Custer (bull riding, 1992), will be enshrined with rodeo notable Bob Ragsdale, a 22-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier in three events.

Also, voted in by the selection committee were four-time bareback horse of the year, Christensen Bros.’ Smith & Velvet, and the committee for the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days.

For the first time in the history of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, barrel racers from the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) will be amongst the class of inductees. Their inaugural class will be Wanda Harper Bush, Charmayne James and a joint PRCA/WPRA equine inductee – Star Plaudit “Red.” The class will be inducted Aug. 5 at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“It’s something that’s pretty awesome beyond anything I can say,” Corley said. “Right now, I’m kind of in shock. This is quite an honor, and I do not take this lightly – I can tell you that. Nothing can be any better than reaching this pinnacle, other than taking care of every rodeo that I will continue to do. They are all the reasons I’m in the Hall of Fame.”

Corley has been selected PRCA Announcer of the Year 11 times (1984, 1990-96, 1998, 2003 and 2011). He has also been an announcer at the National Finals Rodeo 15 times (1985-86, 1992, 1994-96, 2007-08, 2010-16).

Puryear qualified for the NFR nine times, eight of which were consecutive, from 1971-78, and then in 1983. The Texas bulldogger also won the gold buckle in 1974 and the NFR average title in 1976.

“It’s really got me kind of speechless, and I’m normally not totally speechless,” Puryear said. “I can’t believe it – I know several of those people (the other 2017 inductees), and knew them well. I even knew the bucking horse well, too, and it’s kind of a coincidence Ogden is there because it’s one of my favorite rodeos – it’s set up well and fit me well.”

Puryear first joined the PRCA in 1970, and now, 47 years later, he’s being recognized as one of the best steer wrestlers in PRCA history.
“Most of those guys down there (in the Hall of Fame) were my heroes – people I’d read about,” Puryear said. “The first rodeo I went to, I was too bashful to even say hi to them – it was unbelievable being around them.”

Rutherford was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame more than half a century after he was topping the world standings across four events – bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and bull riding.

The Oklahoma cowboy was in the Top 5 for the world standings 11 times between 1949-57, and was the 1954 all-around world champion and the first cowboy to ever win more than $40,000 in a single year (approximately $362,235 in 2017 dollars according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Although he never won an individual event championship, he placed second in the bareback riding standings the same year he won the all-around title.

Rutherford twice finished third in the bull riding world standings (1951 and 1954).

Shortly after the 1952 season closed, Rutherford was in a serious car wreck and suffered a life-threatening skull fracture and was unconscious for 15 days. After several months of hospitalization, Rutherford recovered and returned to rodeo to win the all-around title.

His rodeo earnings fell flat after a bad spill slipped a disk in his back in November 1958. He then retired from rodeo and resumed ranching in his hometown until his death at 58 years old on April 28, 1988. [Click here to continue reading.]



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